Americans' increasing acceptance of religious diversity does not extend to those who don’t believe in a god, according to a national survey by researchers in the University of Minnesota’s department of sociology.From the American Sociological Society.
From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, university researchers found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in “sharing their vision of American society.” Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.
Even though atheists are few in number, not formally organized and relatively hard to publicly identify, they are seen as a threat to the American way of life by a large portion of the American public.
Gosh, I suspect that they won't let me into the States ever again now that they know am not only gay but an atheist too, even though the altar is anywhere I kneel (to paraphrase Camille Paglia). I have seen gods in the streets many times and even seen them coming through a small hole in the wall.